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Will this access course be enough?

Discussion in 'Access to Higher Education: Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare Professions' started by midwiferydreaming, Feb 13, 2013.

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    midwiferydreaming

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    Hi ladies,
    I posted last year about all my fears of doing the access course to nursing course with the DLC, anyway I'm now doing one with a college as I didn't feel like it was right for me.

    I've been looking at a lot of the universities closest to me. & I have 4 on my list that I'd LIKE to go to. Generally, as long as I get to study midwifery, I'm not too fussed about where I end up though.

    A few of them aren't very clear at all about what it is they want you to have qualifications wise. I have 9 GCSE's A-C but can't find my certificates (and I have called both AQA and OCR), so basically don't have much proof that I achieved them.

    Most of them say that as well as the access course they want you to have Maths, English and Science. In the course, there are modules on all of these subjects at Level 2 and 3 which I understand is equivalent to GCSE, Will that be enough?

    I've emailed King's and all they said was "That should be fine." Should?
    Southbank said "As long as the access course is QAA registered."
    and I can't remember what the other 2 said.
    Is it safe to assume that I'm okay to apply for universities armed with just my access course?
    I do still have my Health and Social Care results certificates which I got 4 A-B GCSE's for.

    I really don't mind if I have to do my GCSE's as the more qualifications the better. But, I'd rather know now than get to the end of the course and have wasted a year where I could have been studying for them at the same time.

    Help!!
    Thank you x
     
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    Have u tried ringing your old school up where you took your gcse's? I lost my certificate, luckily my school still had a copy!

    If you have maths, English and science gcse (and manage to get hold of your certificate) then usually you don't have to do the level 2 maths, English and science on the access course.

    If you can't get hold of your gcse certificate I would recommend doing your gcse's again, and then go onto do access.

    I only have two C's. neither were maths, English or science! So in September I'm hopefully going to be redoing all 3, then will do the access course next year. The uni's I'm applying for say the level 2 is enough, but I know a lot of uni's now require the actual gcse instead of the equivalent, and I don't want to risk doing access to then have to do gcse's.

    Good luck :) xx
     
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    Eziboo

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    Hi I'm starting the Pre access course in September which will give me six gcses and I will then go onto the access course x
     
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    Hiya,

    I was in the same position as you. I am currently studying access at college but have my GCSE's. I too didn't have the certificates so i'm afraid your going have to oder replacements from the boards. Also, the uni's want maths and english and science but thats all included in the access course so you wont need to take extra courses :D i can testify to all this because i have an offer from king's and interviews for middlesex and bucks so good luck :D
     
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    some uni's do want the actual gcse for maths and english though, they say the equivalent isnt enough.
     
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    Eziboo

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    Hi yes I'm doing the pre access before the access course as the unis I want to go to wont accept equivalents x
     
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    Hi hun, just wanted to let you know im hoping to get into southbank 2014. I went to their open day on sat.I went to the midwifery presentation. I have a's in maths and english and b in science gcse but they werent worried if you do the access course as said its covered. Personally I would still get hold of your certificates as other unis may be different but southbank did say they were not necessary xxx
     
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    You can order your certificates from the examining body. My oh needed his when he started his apprenticeship, they cost him around £35 per exam board. Xx
     
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    midwiferydreaming

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    ahh thank you! so many say that the access course is enough but I don't want to get to application and be refused because I don't have certain things, rather get it sorted, you know? Fingers crossed xx
     
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    Some do and some dont.....I know leeds won't accept equivalents and want the original GCSEs but Bradford will take level 2 insteadof GCSEs..

    I have eng maths and science at Bs and Cs so I'm doing the access course this sept, I know some of the other girls are doing one gcse alongside the access but the college don't recommend doing more than one at a time as well as the course because of the heavy workload xxxx
     
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